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Sheltering Arms Blog

Foods That Cause Pain

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Posted on: March 11, 2019 by Robert Moss

By: Stacie Lue, PT, DPT

Did you know there are certain foods that can cause allergies and sensitivities in the body? These reactions may lead to inflammation in the body resulting in chronic conditions such as:

• Respiratory reactions
• Gastrointestinal reactions
• Pain in the muscles, joints or nerves throughout the body

Thankfully, the relationship between food and pain can be controlled by eating less Omega 6 and more Omega 3 rich foods.

Omega 6 is an “inflammatory” fatty acid used to fight infection and inflammation. However, eating too many Omega 6 rich foods can create inflammation throughout the body. Omega 6 foods include:

• Whole-grain breads
• Cereals
• Wheat
• Baked goods
• Corn, corn oil and corn syrup
• Peanuts
• Vegetable oil

Omega 3 is an “anti-inflammatory” fatty acid, which prevents hardening of the arteries and lowers cholesterol. Omega 3 foods include:

• Flaxseeds
• Walnuts
• Salmon
• Sardines
• Halibut
• Soybeans

Both Omega 6 and Omega 3 rich foods are essential to the diet in regards to the ideal ratio. The ideal intake of Omega 6 to Omega 3 foods should be a ratio of ≥ four servings of Omega 6 to one serving of Omega 3; a typical Western diet averages as much as 30 servings of Omega 6 to one serving of Omega 3.

If you’re eating too many Omega 6 foods, you’re likely contributing to inflammation throughout your entire body. On the other hand, eating more Omega 3 rich foods can help decrease inflammation. In fact, research has shown that 3000mg of Omega 3 per day has the same anti-inflammatory effects as taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

If you need help incorporating more Omega 3 foods into your diet, Sheltering Arms offers nutrition and dietary counseling. Click here to learn more.


Reference: Taming Pain by Cheryl Wardlaw, PT, MMSc, CFMT